Photographic Contest “Caminos de Hierro”

Photographic Contest "Caminos de Hierro"

Deadline: January 21, 2020
Entry fee: Free
Prizes: €300, €1,200, €2,000, €4,000, participation in the exhibition, publication in the catalogue

The Spanish Railways Foundation created the Photographic Contest “Caminos de Hierro” in 1986, with the aim to promote the railways photography and its environment through its passengers, stations, trains, tunnels, subways… Throughout these 30 years, this contest has reached almost 33,400 authors participated with 75,300 photographs, not only from Spain and other European countries, but also from Africa, America and Asia. The contest encourages emerging trends in photography as well as the participation of young photographers through the Young Author Award, created in 1995.

The Spanish Railways Foundation is inviting entries for the 30th “Caminos de Hierro” Photo Contest, for encouraging creativity in all aspects of the railways.

Each entrant may submit a maximum of three individual photographs or one photographic series related to the world of the railway. Photographic series must comprise three, four or five photographs all included in one single file. The photographs must be unpublished and submitted by the author.

There will be a maximum preselection of 150 photographs (including singles and photographic series) that can take part of exhibitions in digital format.

The final selection will include 70 photos, to be published in a catalogue and to be exhibited in spaces defined by the Foundation.


  • First Prize: €4,000
  • Second Prize: €2,000
  • Young Photographer’s Prize: €1,200
  • Four Accessits: €300 each

Contestants aged 25 (in 2019) or younger may compete for the Young Photographer’s Prize.

The prizes decision of the contest will take place in April 2020.



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